Mark Ronson’s ‘Club Heartbreak’ Grammy Party with Absolut Elyx

(HOLLYWOOD PRESS CORPS) — FEBRUARY 10TH, 2019 — Sunday night at Oil Can Harry’s was the location of the hottest Grammy party in town. Pop superstars and music heavyweights gathering for industry icon Mark Ronson’s ‘Club Heartbreak’ Grammy Party with Absolut Elyx.

Lady Gaga attends Mark Ronson’s Club Heartbreak Grammy Party, sponsored by Absolut Elyx (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/Getty Images for Absolut Elyx )
Mark Ronson and Lady Gaga attend Mark Ronson’s Club Heartbreak Grammy Party, sponsored by Absolut Elyx (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/Getty Images for Absolut Elyx )

British producer, performer and songwriter, Ronson, has been one of the most talked-about artists this award season, having written and produced the soundtrack for critically-acclaimed motion picture A Star Is Born alongside Lady Gaga. Ronson was nominated for three Grammy awards – including Song Of The Year for ‘Shallow’ with Lady Gaga – and took home the Grammy Award for Best Song Written for Visual Media. Ronson’s current single with multi-platinum-selling recording artist Miley Cyrus, ‘Nothing Breaks Like A Heart’, represents his third entry on the Billboard Hot 100 and was the inspiration behind the evening’s festivities.

Miranda Dickson (L) and Mark Ronson attend Mark’s Club Heartbreak Grammy Party, sponsored by Absolut Elyx (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/Getty Images for Absolut Elyx )
Krista Reischl (L) and Dawn Miller attend Mark Ronson’s Club Heartbreak Grammy Party, sponsored by Absolut Elyx (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/Getty Images for Absolut Elyx )

A VIP guestlist of industry elite sipped on specialty cocktails by Absolut Elyx, with names like Electricity, Silk City and Heartbreak Era, the latter being a bespoke recipe masterfully created with Absolut Elyx vodka, coconut, pineapple, ginger, lime and champagne by the expert team of Absolut Elyx mixologists. The first guests to arrive were pop sensations Katy Perry, who wore a gorgeous off-the-shoulder gown and swept back blonde do, and Charli XCX, wearing a leather dress complete with studded detailing. Troye Sivan pulled up to the entrance shortly after, wearing an oversized unbuttoned shirt.

Lady Gaga and Baz Luhrmann at Mark Ronson’s Club Heartbreak Grammy Party, sponsored by Absolut Elyx. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/Getty Images for Absolut Elyx )
Questlove on the red carpet at Mark Ronson’s Club Heartbreak Grammy Party, sponsored by Absolut Elyx (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/Getty Images for Absolut Elyx )

Around 11pm Lady Gaga made a typically grand entrance wearing a black bralette and hot pants with a striking bedazzled jacket draped over her shoulders. Longtime Ronson collaborator and fellow Brit Adele arrived moments before and was seen chatting with Gaga and Perry until the early hours of the morning.

Katy Perry attends Mark Ronson’s Club Heartbreak Grammy Party, sponsored by Absolut Elyx (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/Getty Images for Absolut Elyx )
Charli XCX at Mark Ronson’s Club Heartbreak Grammy Party, sponsored by Absolut Elyx (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/Getty Images for Absolut Elyx )
Troye Sivan attends Mark Ronson’s Club Heartbreak Grammy Party, sponsored by Absolut Elyx on February 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/Getty Images for Absolut Elyx )

The evening came to a dizzying pinnacle of excitement around 11pm when the man of the hour, Ronson himself, jumped on the DJ decks to spin a mix of his famous tracks – both old and new – to a dancefloor alive with elated party guests. The set started with a remixed rendition of the hit track he helped write ‘Shallow’ – with Gaga dancing on stage beside him.

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New Promo Poster for Robowoman 2

SoCal Sinema Studios released their brand new promo poster for multi award-winning filmmaker Dustin Ferguson’s “RoboWoman 2.” Filming begins this fall with a talented ensemble cast consisting of Dawna Lee Heising, Brinke Stevens, Sue Price, HPC’s own Vida Ghaffari and Mel Novak as Dr. Michaels. The screenplay is by Mike Reeb, who also penned Robowoman.

Robowoman 2.0 Poster
Robowoman 2 poster
Dawna Lee Heising, Dustin Ferguson

This film is the highly anticipated sequel to Robowoman. The original “RoboWoman” follows Vivica Stevens (Dawna Lee Heising, “Blade Runner”, “Nemesis 5”, “Revenge of The Samurai Cop”) on her last night at a temp agency as she accepts a date with a persistent co-worker. Soon she finds herself cornered in a dark park at night and brutally attacked, raped and left for dead by her date and his deranged friends. She’s found barely alive by her concerned roommate, played by Sue Price (“Nemesis 2-5”) and undergoes illegal, experimental “cybernetic” surgery where she is given a replacement robotic arm and visor to correct her vision. However, the new implants don’t settle well because it isn’t long before she decides to seek revenge with the aid of her new attachments. One by bloody one she stalks and kills her attackers before the shocking and revealing conclusion! To view the trailer, please visit: youtu.be/8MzXaGyeK6k

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‘Ed and the Living Dead’ Launches their Indiegogo Campaign

Arizona-based filmmakers Brandy Mason and Tim Fattig recently announced the launch of the Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign for their much anticipated upcoming horror/comedy film, Ed and the Living Dead, which is set in the summer of 1959 and featuring the “world’s worst filmmaker,” Edward D. Wood, Jr. (Plan 9 From Outer Space, Glen or Glenda).


Producer/director Brandy Mason, a seasoned horror filmmaker with more than thirty credits, among them Don’t Fuck in the Woods and its upcoming sequel, WrestleMassacre, helms this film.

“The zombie film is an incredibly durable sub-genre, but sometimes it needs a little twist to be really engaging. Dropping iconic figures like Ed Wood and Criswell into the mix and setting the film in the 1950s instantly changes what the audience will expect from the story,” said Mason.

Ed and the Living Dead features a terrific ensemble cast of established and rising stars from the horror genre. Jason Crowe (Volumes of Blood, The Bad Man) stars as the high-strung director Ed Wood, while David E. McMahon (American Guinea Pig: The Song of Solomon, Bonehill Road) plays Wood’s long-suffering film producer, George Weiss. Also starring in this much-anticipated zomb-edy: HPC’s own Vida Ghaffari (RoboWoman, Holy Terror, where she was  billed as the “Persian Linda Blair” for her performance), Angela Pritchett (Steve: Death Collector, Partners); Kaylee Williams (Mrs. Claus, Ahockalypse), Charles Chudabala (Nightshade, Ugly Sweater Party), Ryan Brewer (Larry and the Monsters, Never Been to Graceland), Julie Anne Prescott (Clownado, Teacher Shortage), Brett DeJager (10/31, Bonejangles), Mindy Gilkerson (The Second Coming, Art of the Dead), Nick Payne (All Eyez on Me, Kickboxer: Retaliation), and noted actress Maria Olsen (Paranormal Activity 3, All The Creatures Are Stirring).

Musician and film composer Rocky Gray (The Barn, 10/31) will be providing the film’s score. Illustrator William Skaar (Heavy Metal, Deanna of the Dead) designed the film’s poster.

Rising Fire Films LLC, the film’s production company, was created in 2011. Best known releases for this company are Fireside Tales, Monkey Farm, and Friday the 13th: Legacy (a viral-sensation fan film) are its’ best-known releases to date.

Ed and the Living Dead is sure to become the ultimate cult zombie horror classic! If you are interested in backing the campaign, you can do so here:

https://igg.me/at/EdAndTheLivingDead/x

Imdb link:

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt9697412/?ref_=nv_sr_1

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BASIC Magazine & H.E.R. Pre-Grammy Party

(HOLLYWOOD PRESS CORPS) — FEBRUARY 9TH, 2019 — On Friday evening, BASIC Magazine threw an intimate pre-Grammy party at the private residence of Jonas Tahlin, CEO of Absolut Elyx, to celebrate 5-time Grammy nominee H.E.R.

H.E.R. attends Basic Magazine and H.E.R. Pre-Grammy Party at the Private Residence of the CEO of Absolut Elyx (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/Getty Images for Absolut Elyx)

R&B artist H.E.R., nominated in 2019 for 5 Grammy Awards including Album of the Year, Best New Artist, and Best R&B Album of the Year, arrived wearing a black printed jumpsuit high patent black heels. Issues of the latest BASIC magazine were scattered throughout the exquisitely designed private home, which feature H.E.R. in an 8-page spread. See amazing behind-the-scenes footage of the shoot here. Guests sipped on specialty cocktails by Absolut Elyx, all appropriately named after H.E.R. hit songs and albums including, “Breakthrough,” “Lights On,” and her favorite, the “Anti-Star”, which is made with Absolut Elyx, coconut liqueur, pineapple syrup, lime juice, ginger juice, and champagne.

H.E.R. (L) and Ty Dolla $ign attend Basic Magazine and H.E.R. Pre-Grammy Party at the Private Residence of the CEO of Absolut Elyx (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/Getty Images for Absolut Elyx)
(L-R) Lisa Wayne, BASIC Magazine founder and Editor-in-Chief Viktorija Pashuta, Jesse J and BASIC Magazine CFO, Producer and Partner Jackson Chong attend Basic Magazine and Pre-Grammy Party

Jake Miller arrived early in the evening with a group of friends and was seen at the bar laughing and enjoying drinks. Snow Tha Product arrived and was seen in all black with a white off-the-shoulder jacket. The ever-stylish Lady Victoria Hervey looked head-to-toe flawless in a slim fit black leather dress. Shamier Anderson and Stephan James chatted with H.E.R. inside at the Mermaid Bar. BASIC magazine Publisher & Editor-in-Chief,Viktorija Pashuta, and BASIC CFO & Partner, Jackson Chong,were spotted mingling with their latest BASIC magazine subject. H.E.R.


Just after 11pm, H.E.R. and her band took to a makeshift dance floor in the decadent Martini Room as guests sang along to their jams and swooned to the tunes of her hit track “Focus”. Stanajgrabbed the mic to sing along with H.E.R. in the middle of the crowd, watched by Ty Dolla $ign, Jermaine Dupri, and others.

(L-R) Snow Tha Product, Polo Molina, guest, Stanaj and Ty Dolla $ign attend Basic Magazine and H.E.R. Pre-Grammy Party at the Private Residence of the CEO of Absolut Elyx on February 8, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/Getty Images)

Leave it to BASIC magazine to throw yet another amazing party that guests will talk about until the next one…

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Westfield Santa Anita Unveils Piggy Bank Sculpture in Honor of Lunar New Year

(HOLLYWOOD PRESS CORPS) — JANUARY 29, 2019 — Westfield Santa Anita brought in the Year of the Pig with its seventh annual Lunar New Year celebration. On Tuesday, Jan. 29, Westfield kicked off celebrations with a preview of activities surrounding Westfield Santa Anita’s Lunar New Year festival.

Ian Carter, General Manager of Westfield Santa Anita General Manager (second from left), Chun-Yen Chen (fourth from left), Mayor Sho Tay (center),Executive Director of Asian Pacific Community Fund Hoi Luk (right), COO of First General Bank Retailers

Westfield Santa Anita unveiled a larger than life Lunar New Year “flying piggy bank” statue in honor of the Year of the Pig. There was a blessing ceremony for the installation. Artist, David Flores was on to speak to the press.

Ms. Chun Yen Chen of APCF giving the first donation to the piggy bank sculpture
Mayor Sho Tay (Center), Ms. Chun Yen Chen (left) of APCF, and Ms. Nicholle Brang (right)of Nordstrom’s giving the first donation to the piggy bank statue

This year, Westfield Santa Anita’s Lunar New Year celebrations hope to bring a modern fusion to the Center’s annual traditional event. On Feb. 2, the shopping center will host a live concert series of Asian contemporary musical and dance performances, Lion Dances, “red envelope” decorating, Lunar New Year themed artwork, as well as promotions and treats from Santa Anita’s shops and restaurants.

City of Arcadia Mayor ~ Mr. Sho Tay making the first donation  to  the flying piggy bank sculpture at Westfield Santa Anita
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Brandino is Back! ~ NAMM 2019

(HOLLYWOOD PRESS CORPS) — JANUARY 24, 2019 — Brandino was out and about on day one of NAMM. The 2019 NAMM Show was packed! Many people from around the world came to the Anaheim Convention Center to experience one of the largest events in the music business.

IK Multimedia’s CEO Enrico Iori (left)  and Gary Kerzner (right) with Brandino at NAMM 2019

The gigantic Convention Center is turned into a huge music store for one week. Electric guitars makers like Ibanez, Warwick, Taylor and Fender were all presenting new guitars to Music Merchants from around the world.

Brandino (left) with Seymour Duncan (right) at NAMM 2019

You can find brands big and small all around the show room. Other parts of the Convention Center had displays for drums and DJ equipment. Every kind of instrument that you can think of is at NAMM and some things you cant think of.

Brandino (left) with bass player Chris Dekker (right)

Brandino is a seven time Grammy Award winning, Producer, Composer, Arranger, and Bassist. Brandino created a tune called “Singularity,” which was nominated for Best Pop Instrumental Album of the Year in 2011.

 

GK artists Brandino & Carlito hitting the floor at Namm 2019

Brandino recorded this with Robby Krieger of the Doors. Brandino is currently developing a project with Robby Kreiger. Brandino’s trip to NAMM is part of his “Brandino is Back!” recovery project. Stay tuned for more info on upcoming projects.

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Ultimate Jam at NAMM ~ 2019 Presented by RCF

(HOLLYWOOD PRESS CORPS) — JANUARY 21, 2019 — Ultimate Jam Night will present its second annual show at NAMM entitled “Ultimate NAMM Night – The Power of Music” presenter by RCF on Saturday January 26, 2018 at the Hilton Anaheim California Ballroom. The show is sponsored by DW drums, Ampeg, Mezzabara, Morley, Axis, Wedgie, Gear Secure, Coffin Case, CAD, Rock N Roll Industries, Al Bane for Leather, D’Addario, Fender, and Royal Entertainment.

The show will feature performances by an All-Star artist list that includes Steve Vai, Billy Sheehan, Tony Franklin, Doug Aldrich, Phil X, Stu Hamm, Charlie Benate, Rikki Rockett and many more. Also included in will be full band performances by Flotsam & Jetsam, Sweet, and Marco Mendoza’s El Trio. Additional performers will be added right up until showtime.

Over 80 performers will present a show that is dedicated to portraying the power of music and its diverse reach. The event will showcase many different genres of music including Latin, Funk, Rock, and Metal and portray the mission of Ultimate Jam Night – bringing people together through the power of music.

As is its custom the show is offered free-of-charge with tickets available at select times during the NAMM convention, details of which can be found on facebook.com/ultimatejamnight.

Founded in 2015 by Quiet Riot’s Chuck Wright, Ultimate Jam Night is community-oriented event that features live unrehearsed performances by some of music’s greatest talent, charitable-giving, comedic interludes, walk-around characters, and other entertainers. It is presented each week free-of-charge at the famed Whisky A Go Go in Hollywood, California. For more information please visit facebook.com/ultimatejamnight or ultimatejamnight.com.

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BRANDINO IS BACK ~ 2019

(HOLLYWOOD PRESS CORPS) — JANUARY 3,  2019 — Kevin “Brandino” Brandon is back! After his near death experience where he says he, “saw the light,” Brandino has been working hard in physical therapy at Kaiser Permenanente. He is currently working on getting out of his wheel chair and using two canes. He’s up to one thousand steps and pushing to get stronger everyday.

Kevin “Brandino” Brandon in his home office in Burbank, California. Photo by Dustin Brown

Brandino is working on so many projects. Its’s hard to go into detail on each one. Kevin will be attending NAMMM this year. This is the annual National Association of Music Merchants event held at the Anaheim Convention Center. This event is the worlds largest trade show for music products and pro audio. If Brandino is attending NAMM 2019, it means that he has a project to promote. Stay tuned for details.

 

Brandino. Photo by Dustin Brown

Brandino is a Grammy winning producer, composer, arranger, and bassist. He also plays jazz flute. Brandino has created music for many TV shows. Brandino created a tune called “Singularity,” which was nominated for Best Pop Instrumental Album of the Year in 2011. Brandino recorded this with Robby Krieger of the Doors. Brandino has worked with Aretha Franklin, Ty Dolla $ign, James Brown, Michael Jackson, Bootsy Collins, Justin Timberlake and Mary J Blige. Brandino is known as a hard worker, a teacher and a living legend. Check out the link to Brandino’s website to read his incredible story;

 IT’S ALL ABOUT BRANDINO

 

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MEMBERS OF CHRIS CORNELL AND STEVE VAI BAND JOIN PAN ROCKS TRIBUTE TO RUSH

(HOLLYWOOD PRESS CORPS)  — NOVEMBER 27, 2018 — Steel Drum Orchestra, Pan Rocks” is headed to the studio the end of November to record its tribute to RUSH. Modern Prog-Rock drum legend Mike Portnoy (Sons Of ApolloWinery Dogs) will handle the drumming duties. Guitarist Pete Thorn (Chris Cornell) and Bassist Phillip Bynoe (Steve Vai)will round out the band.

Mike Portnoy

“We’ve got an amazing band lined up”, says producer Matt Starr, “this is the perfect lineup to pay tribute to the mighty RUSH.”

Pan Rocks is a 50 to 100 plus piece steel drum orchestra,founded by rock steelpannist Tracy Thornton. The RUSH recording is a follow up to the 2017 Pan Rocks Project, LAwhich featured the music of Led Zeppelin, KISS, and Jane’s Addiction, all performed by the steel drum orchestra and a band consisting of Billy Sheehan (Mr. Big, Sons Of Apollo),Stephen Perkins (Jane’s Addiction, Porno for Pyros), TraciiGuns (L.A. Guns), and Bruce Kulick (KISS, Grand Funk Railroad). 

Thornton has once again called on Matt Starr (Mr. Big, Ace Frehleyto produce the new project. “I’m grateful to have the opportunity to help Tracy realize his vision for this amazing project,” says Starr. “Hearing 50 steel pan drummers play RUSH is just mind blowing. I can’t wait for everyone else experience it.” 

Pan Rocks has partnered with Pledge Music for itscrowdfunding campaign. For more information, and to helpsupport the projectvisit www.pledgemusic.com/projects/panrocksrush

The Pan Rocks Orchestra is made up of steel pannists from around the world. “I’excited to have the opportunity to celebrate the music of RUSH, the band that inspired me to become a musician in the first place,” said Tracy Thornton. “Our crowdfunding campaign will give the fans an opportunity to get involved. Plus, we have some very cool, interactive, and exclusive rewards planned.” 

Regarding the future of the project, Thornton says, “My goal is to keep pushing the boundaries and highlighting the capabilities of steelpan instrument in the rock and roll genre, and reach more music enthusiasts. Ultimately, we are working towards a touring show with both Western and traditional Trinidadian Carnival elements.” 

The recording will take place at El Dorado Studios in Los Angeles. The project will be mixed by Smiley Sean (APC,Mötley Crüe), and mastered by Grammy Award Winning Mastering Engineer Dave Collins (Metallica, The Police)

For updatesvisit www.facebook.com/panrocksshow and www.panrocksrush.com.

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ULTIMATE JAM NIGHT CELEBRATES “GLAM-A-RAMA” THEMED CONCERT EVENT

(Hollywood, California)  Ultimate Jam Night, the long-running free weekly show presents a unique concert event called “Glam-A-Rama” this coming Tuesday, November 27, 2018 at The Whisky A Go Go. The show is free to anyone 21 and over.

Designed to recall the height of 1970’s Glam Rock period and will feature songs, bands, and artists with an entwined connection to the period.

Featured performers include The Sweet. Led by Steve Priest, the band created worldwide hits such as “Ballroom Blitz”, “Fox on the Run” and “Love is Like Oxygen” that became anthems of the era. Also participating will be Don Bolles from 70’s era band The Germs who will act as the evening’s DJ spinning songs between live music segments.

The night will feature artists from numerous bands including modern glam-influenced artist Beck Black of the Linda Perryproduced band JYNX; premiere tribute artists RG Stewart who portrays Rod Stewart, Julian Shah-Tayler who portrays David Bowie, and Kenny Metcalf who portrays Elton John.

With a goal of literally re-creating a 70’s era theme club, the night will be presented as a total concert experience giving the audience the feeling that they’ve stepped completely back-in-time.

Attendees are encouraged to dress in Glam era clothing and makeup, and various prizes will be awarded to those who do.

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